Reviews of Ballet San Jose.
The Bay Citizen
The San Francisco Chronicle
Kovitch and everyone else looked far better, moving with zestful unity, in Interplay, a company premiere and a welcome Jerome Robbins playground frolic from 1945 that foreshadowed the witty street style of his West Side Story. It was staged by Robbins veterans Edward Verso, Elyse Borne, and Chapman. Notable performances came from Seth Parker, Maykel Solas, Bethan Namey, and Akira Takahashi, a fearless pyrotechnician.
Principal Maykel Solas, the only male in the piece, made a pleasant if rather cautious impression. Maybe all those women had him watching his steps. He was limber and light-footed, but lacked dynamism and presence. It was left to Amy Marie Briones, in the featured female role, to hit the high notes. An exacting dancer with a knack for uncanny stillness on point, she stitched out her steps with fluid precision. Near the end, as if she'd stored up all her energy for it, Briones whirled with gyroscopic drive.